Jig Journal: Table Saw Tenon Jig

With five pieces of wood and a clamp, you can make vertical cuts safely.
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 24-25

From the August 2007 issue #163
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Most magazine articles about jigs miss the point entirely. Jigs exist to make work easier, safer and more accurate. They shouldn’t be complicated projects in and of themselves – they should be something simple you can put together quickly so you can get on with your work.

We admit to falling into this trap ourselves in the magazine’s shop. The corners of our shop are home to jigs that were built for articles about jigs. We can’t throw them out because the amount of hardware and time that went into making them has us convinced that they’re valuable. The problem is, we almost never use them. They’re too big, heavy and complicated to bother with.

Instead, we use a handful of truly useful jigs that we’ve put together quickly to meet a need. This new column is all about this kind of jig. We’ve made some promises to ourselves about the kind of jigs we’re going to present. For starters, we’re going to keep it simple. Most of the jigs we really like only do one thing, but they do it very well.

From the August 2007 issue #163
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